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Texas Death Penalty

Judge: Texas Must Reveal Execution Drug Maker

AP | WILL WEISSERT | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A judge has ordered Texas to release the name of the compounding pharmacy that provides the state its execution drug, but attor...

Amanda Terkel

Appeals Court Orders Texas To Hold Off On Execution Of Severely Mentally Ill Man

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Less than 12 hours before the state of Texas was set to execute Scott Panetti, an appeals court issued a stay Wednesday morning, meaning...

Attorneys: Condemned Killer Too Delusional For Execution

AP | MICHAEL GRACZYK | Posted 12.03.2014 | Crime

Attorneys for a Texas death row inmate argue his execution set for Wednesday evening would provide no retribution or deterrence because prisoner Scott...

Amanda Terkel

Rick Perry Silent Under Pressure To Delay Execution Of Severely Mentally Ill Man

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Scott Panetti is just about out of options. On Wednesday at 6 p.m. CST, the state of Texas will end his life, even though his lawyers sa...

Texas Wants to Kill This Mentally Ill Man

Cassy Stubbs | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics
Cassy Stubbs

The execution of Mr. Panetti accomplishes no reasonable goal. Executing someone who does not understand the reason for his punishment violates not only the Constitution, but basic decency.

Man On Death Row Because In Texas, Being Black Means You're Dangerous?

The Grio | Eric Guster | Posted 10.20.2014 | Black Voices

Justice should be blind. It should be blind to race, income, class and other factors. However, in the case of Duane Buck, race played a major factor i...

Wendy Davis Still Supports The Death Penalty

The Huffington Post | Amber Ferguson | Posted 09.10.2014 | Politics

Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, the Democratic nominee for governor, is not backing away from her support for the death penalty. "I do support the de...

Why Is America 50 Years Behind the Times When It Comes to the Death Penalty?

Matthew Chapman | Posted 10.12.2014 | Crime
Matthew Chapman

When execution ended in my country, a shadow faded. Something grim and primitive was gone. There's still violence and murder in England, of course, but its citizens -- including children -- no longer have to be accomplices in the most premeditated of all killings.

Texas Has Executed So Many Inmates, There's Now Art Made Entirely Out Of Their Last Words

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics

And it's surprisingly -- and hauntingly -- uplifting.

Texas Death Row Inmate Seeking Delay Cites Botched Execution

AP | MICHAEL GRACZYK | Posted 07.13.2014 | Crime

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A federal appeals court halted a convicted Texas killer's scheduled execution Tuesday so his attorneys can pursue appeals a...

Texas Set For First Execution Since Botched Lethal Injection

AP | MICHAEL GRACZYK | Posted 05.12.2014 | Crime

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Texas will carry out on Tuesday the first U.S. execution since a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma last month unless att...

During Execution, Inmate Says Lethal Injection 'Does Kind Of Burn'

AP | MICHAEL GRACZYK | Posted 04.16.2014 | Crime

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A man convicted of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend, her young son and her mother 13 years ago at a home in Corpus Christ...

Death Penalty Choice Puts GOP Candidate In 'Tough Position'

AP | PAUL J. WEBER | Posted 06.15.2014 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The death penalty is like gun rights in Texas politics: Candidates don't dare get in the way of either. But Republican Greg Abb...

Texas Executes Mexican National With Drug From Secret Source

AP | MICHAEL GRACZYK | Posted 06.09.2014 | Crime

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A man who escaped prison in his native Mexico while serving a murder sentence was executed in Texas on Wednesday for fatall...

The Secrecy Behind Execution Drugs Is Increasingly Coming Under Fire

AP | ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS and JIM SALTER | Posted 06.05.2014 | Politics

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Dating to the days when the guillotine operator or the hangman wore a mask, a certain amount of anonymity has always surrounded exe...

Judge Orders Texas To Disclose Supplier Of Execution Drugs

AP | MICHAEL GRACZYK and PAUL J. WEBER | Posted 03.27.2014 | Crime

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A state judge ordered the Texas prison agency Thursday to disclose its supplier of a new batch of execution drugs to attorneys ...

The Death Penalty Is the Tip of an Iceberg of Injustice

Steven W. Hawkins | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics
Steven W. Hawkins

Years from now we will know that we stood on the right side of history.

Man About To Be Executed In Texas Pens Devastating Letter

Gawker | Posted 03.04.2014 | Crime

Texas death row inmate Ray Jasper is scheduled to be put to death on March 19. He has written us a letter that, he acknowledges, "could be my final st...

More Evidence That Texas Executed An Innocent Man

The New York Times | Posted 02.28.2014 | Crime

In the 10 years since Texas executed Cameron Todd Willingham after convicting him on charges of setting his house on fire and murdering his three youn...

Texas' Other Death Penalty

Texas Observer | Posted 11.16.2013 | Politics

The first patient who called me “doctor” died a few winters ago. I met him at the St. Vincent’s Student-Run Free Clinic on Galveston Island. I w...

Children of the Condemned

David Protess | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
David Protess

Mounting evidence, including DNA tests the State had fought for more than a decade, strongly supports his claim of innocence. Yet Skinner came within 45 minutes of execution in 2010 and almost died three times this year due to an often-fatal illness.

Texas Inmate Defies Death As Evidence of Innocence Mounts

David Protess | Posted 11.10.2013 | Chicago
David Protess

Hank Skinner is in the final round of a fight against two heavyweights. One is the Texas lawmen who want him executed. The other is an often-fatal ailment that saps his strength and leaves him in constant pain. The odds makers give him little chance. Death, after all, is undefeated.

Texas Running Out Of Execution Drug

AP | MICHAEL GRACZYK | Posted 10.01.2013 | Crime

HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- The nation's most active death penalty state is running out of its execution drug. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice said...

Dem Proposes Tying Abortion Restrictions To Death Penalty Abolition

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics

A Texas lawmaker has introduced a bill that would block anti-abortion laws from going into effect until the state ends its use of capital punishment. ...

Macabre Milestone: Texas Set To Execute 500th Inmate

AP | JUAN A. LOZANO | Posted 08.26.2013 | Crime

HUNTSVILLE, Texas — Texas marked a solemn moment in criminal justice Wednesday evening, executing its 500th inmate since it resumed carrying out...